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It’s Official! Art San Diego Is Moving Downtown for the 2019 Show

July 25th, 2019 Posted by Art, client news, Gala/Special Events, General, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Art San Diego, the county’s premier contemporary fine art show, is moving downtown to the San Diego Convention Center for its 11th annual show Oct. 10-13. The show moves from the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where it has been the past two years. Art San Diego, with presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, is highly regarded in the industry for cutting-edge exhibitions and dynamic programmings like Art Labs, Art Talks, the LaunchPad Artist, Spotlight Program and the San Diego Art Prize.

“Art San Diego has emerged as one of the best-attended cultural events in Southern California and continues to grow annually,” said Linda Mariano, Redwood Media Group’s director of marketing. “San Diego is one of the nation’s most vibrant urban cities—and the convention center is at the core of all the action. We’re excited to offer attendees and exhibitors this great new location complimented by the vibrant downtown setting with a rich variety of restaurants, retail stores and world-class entertainment in mere walking distance.”

Founded in 2009 as the first and only contemporary art show in San Diego, Art San Diego is a four-day art event that features more than 500 leading contemporary artists and offers dynamic programming that includes museum exhibitions, Art Labs, events, and Art Talks focused on collecting. Now in its 11th year, the four-day event attracts more than 15,000 attendees, including high-net-worth collectors. Art San Diego provides a focus on San Diego’s vibrant and diverse cultural art scene alongside an exciting collection of international galleries and artists. 

New programs introduced last year that are back by popular demand are Free Friday, Palette of Desserts and Access to Art. Friday offers free admission to anyone from 1-5 p.m. Palette of Desserts is a partnership with local chefs and bakeries who draw inspiration from an artist’s to-be-exhibited piece and create a dessert masterpiece to be sampled. Access to Art partners the visual arts with San Diego based nonprofits, resulting in a sizeable donation for each during the four-day event. 

Tickets are on sale now at www.art-sandiego.com. Artist exhibitor applications are still open at artsandiego.com/exhibitor-application/. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; interested parties may email sponsors@art-sandiego.com for more information.

San Diego Pride Parade And Festival Breaks Attendance Records With The Help Of Lee And London’s PR Expertise

July 22nd, 2019 Posted by Gala/Special Events, General, Media Hit, nonprofit, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

SD Pride Parade Hosted Over 275 Contingents, 300,000 spectators and sold a record-breaking number of festival tickets.

Lee and London was honored to volunteer our time and PR experience for the 46th annual San Diego Pride, led by our own Chloe Janda!

We’ve been implementing strategic PR tactics all year for the parade and festival, including earning coverage across hundreds of media platforms and creating social media posts about the 5K. Thanks to the awesome PR and impressive marketing team, Pride broke attendance records for the entire weekend. Yeah, you heard that right, we broke records! For the first time in 46 years of SD Pride the festival made over ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALE!  

The parade showcased over 275 contingents marching and parade attendees included over 300,000 people flooding the streets from Hillcrest to Balboa Park honoring the Stonewall generation and celebrating their unified LGBTQ+ community. The parade spectators went up 50,000 from 2018! Pride events featured the diversity and achievements of indigenous, black, trans, military, and Latinx folx, highlighting the 50 years of accomplishments of the community and paying tribute to Stonewall’s 50th anniversary. 

Parade-goers hold pride flag on parade morning.

Lee and London Account Manager, Chloe Janda, lead the PR crusade all year long anticipating the week-long surge of SD Pride events. Janda and L&L’s three PR interns, McKenzie Jester, Taelor Ross and Vivianh Huynh planned press conference as well as a morning CBS News 8 live backlot segment and numerous live news interviews.

The live ABC 10 segment

“I can’t think of a better way to gain experience in public relations while supporting the San Diego LGBTQ community,” said McKenzie Jester, PR intern. “We were proud to celebrate and support our LGBTQ+ loved ones and acknowledging that this day is about them, their success, and their ongoing battles.”

Lee and London team meets mayor Kevin Faulconer at SD Pride Press Conference.

The event packed week started on Saturday, July 6 with She Fest, a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women, and ended on the festival main stage singing along to the infectious melodies of the rock icon and pioneer of queer rock music, Melissa Ethridge

“To my LGBTQ fans in San Diego and around the world, I have so much to thank you for. You are proof that we can become the change we wish to see,” said Melissa Ethridge. 

Melissa Etheridge jams on the Pride main-stage.

Sunday’s festivities include entertainment zones, local drag performances, community organizations and free community resources, youth organizations, dance areas, beverage gardens, visual art, vendor booths, educational and art exhibits, cultural presentations, free HIV testing, delicious food, and much more. 

The music festival had over 50,000 attendees enjoying headlining acts King Princess, Mykki Blanco, Greyson Chance and RuPaul Drag Race Queen’s Aquaria, Asia O’Hara and Kim Chi. All proceeds from the festival and parade support San Diego Pride’s LGBTQ-centered philanthropy and year-round education and advocacy programs. The festival was unifying and celebratory for all in attendance. And just when we thought this week could not be more filled with kindness and love, we witnessed a marriage proposal!

Ben Mendoza proposes to Mark Maddox on the festival main-stage.

We know how special San Diego is, but do you? Here’s what makes San Diego and SD Pride stand out among the rest. We are happy to report that San Diego was one of the only major cities across the world without any protests or any major incidents at the parade. Because SD is a city with a large military presence, integrating queer service members into the celebration was a must. At 9 a.m. on the morning of the Parade, 5K and Festival, history was made with a reenlistment ceremony of a trans service member of the Coast Guard, conducted by Major General Beevers in solidarity with the transgender community.  During the parade, a 4 ship, F15 flyover from Cal Guard’s Fresno 144th Fighter Wing- another historic first- was conducted in honor of our transgender service members who bravely serve this country every day. 

Transgender troops march during the parade.

We watched transgender soldiers walk in unison, young children watch drag queens perform wide-eyed in amazement and parents line streets to hug LGBTQ youth to show they are not alone. While this week was long and draining at times, the impact these moments had on us was far more influential than any of us anticipated. It taught us lessons in kindness, work ethic and community unity. Lee and London is beaming with San Diego Pride!

Expertise.com Names Lee and London PR a Top Agency in San Diego

June 13th, 2019 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit No Comment yet

Lee and London PR has got it going on! We’ve been named as one of the 23 Best PR Firms in San Diego by Expertise! Expertise’s goal is to connect people with the best local experts and is designed to recognize the best businesses in the nation. The rankings are based on its five criteria: reputation, credibility, experience, engagement, and professionalism.

Expertise uses its in-house software to extensively research and handpick businesses based on a variety of factors like history of client recommendations, the number of years practicing, responsiveness, quality of work and customer service. It then checks within their industry for licensing, accreditations and awards.

At Lee and London PR, we work closely with our clients to provide top-notch PR services aimed at achieving business growth, awareness and prominence. Since 2013, the L&L PR team has secured client features in the nation’s top publications and assisted in the growth of our client’s success. Our talented team is made up of communication professionals specializing in a variety of industries, from non-profit to celebrity PR.

We want to thank all of our clients for trusting us with their brand and ongoing support! Lee and London Public Relations would not be here without them. We are a team that strongly believes our success comes from the achievements of our clients and are honored and proud to be on this list.

https://www.expertise.com/ca/san-diego/public-relations-firms

Confessions of a PR Intern: Sometimes you just have to WINE

June 7th, 2019 Posted by Food and Drink, Gala/Special Events, General, Jobs, PR Industry, Public Relations, Special Events, Team News No Comment yet

I didn’t know what to expect working for a public relations firm this Summer. I had some ideas in mind…. maybe lots of writing? Social media blasts? Busy work? Running errands and getting coffee orders? Well, my first week on the job did include some of these, but it was far more exciting than I could have ever imagined. It didn’t include coffee runs, dry cleaning or answering phone calls. I was truly part of the Lee and London team and got hands-on experience from the creative and strong women behind L&L PR.

Lee and London was hired to provide PR support for the fifth annual ‘Sip the City,’ an event put on by the San Diego Urban Wineries (SDUW). SDUW is a coalition of wineries throughout San Diego County who take grapes from the country and create award-winning, unique wine in the city. My first week coincided with this wine tasting event L&L PR had been preparing for the past two months.

First Week on Cloud Wine 😉
(Sorry not sorry for all the wine puns I couldn’t help myself!)

On my first day, I woke up at 5:50 a.m. (far earlier than any time I have woken up for class these past four years!) and met Corinne, a senior publicist, at Gianni Buonomo Vintners in Ocean Beach for a live FOX 5 segment with Tabitha Lipkin. We set up the back of the winery to display the bottles of different wines available at ‘Sip the City.’ We tasted a little wine and gave insight to the interviewees on different touchpoints to discuss on camera– I was feeling like a PR maven. If this is what public relations is like at L&L PR, COUNT ME IN!

The live Fox 5 segment

My next work day was Friday, May 31st, the day of ‘Sip the City.’ I drove up to Seaport Village with a 6-by-7 carpet of artificial grass to help build and run the brainchild of L&L PR, the Rosé Garden. While we were not enlisted to produce the Rosé Garden, we became so obsessed with the idea that we ran with it! The Rosé Garden offered rosé tastings from 12 wineries at the event. After months of preparation, it was the L&L team’s turn to unWINE while we interns stepped up.

We poured, we drank (just a little obviously because we were working!) and we promoted the social media giveaway of four passports to San Diego Urban Wineries. The Rosé Garden gave people an opportunity to take pictures, sign up for the SDUW newsletter and drink rosé all day night!

I can’t promise every week will be like this with Lee and London, but my first week was wine I’ll never forget! Cheers!

One of the beautiful parts of the Rosé Garden!

San Diego International Jewish Film Fest Kicks Off Thursday and Runs through Feb. 17

February 7th, 2019 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, press release, Special Events No Comment yet

New this year: Download the Festival APP in the iTunes/Android Stores

We are THRILLED to work with the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture on their San Diego International Film Festival kicking off Thursday and running through February 17. The films will screen at four venues this year, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Garfield Theatre inside the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, and for the first time the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

This year to make planning your festival experience even easier – there is an APP you can download in the iTunes Google Play store that will give you the lowdown on schedules, locations, events and more!   

Apple App Storehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/san-diego-jewish-film-festival/id1450439887?mt=8

Google Playhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.sdcjc.sdjifilmfestival

For more information, check out the full press release below!

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 29TH SEASON WITH NEW MOBILE APP AND VENUES
The 11-Day Festival, Taking Place from February 7 – 17, Will Feature Award-Winning Films, Panel Discussions and More

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 19, 2018) – The ​San Diego Center for Jewish Culture​ (CJC) announced today the annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival will return for its 29th anniversary, Thursday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. The festival showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films across multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films.

Thirty-two feature films will be screened in four locations across San Diego County with the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)​ as its newest venue addition. The SDIJFF Mobile App will also make its debut in January, allowing attendees to customize their festival schedule, find theatre locations, vote for the Audience Choice Award, learn about guest speakers and stay up to date on events.

“The film festival is an opportunity to share our rich heritage, culture and values with all of San Diego County,” said Christina Fink, film festival chairperson. “As we approach the 30th anniversary, we’re excited to be able to continue producing an event that offers award-winning films that promote awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of Jewish people while also making the festival more accessible to younger generations through the new mobile app.”

In addition to the carefully selected documentary and narrative films, the festival showcases a variety of movies incorporating themes like social activism, romance, religion, LGBTQ+ issues, Israeli-Arab relations, history, ethics, current events, comedy and the arts. Special guests, filmmakers and scholars, will introduce the films, participate in Q&A’s, and meet and greet throughout the festival. Screenings will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Garfield Theatre inside the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

This year’s film festival opens with the West Coast premiere of “​It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story​” Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square. The film chronicles the lives of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés who fled from Berlin before the Nazi regime in 1939 that founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label rose to prominence for assembling an impressive roster of jazz greats including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Quincy Jones and more.

The San Diego premiere of “​Who Will Write Our History​,” produced by Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman, will be this year’s centerpiece film. It tells the story of a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, the clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. The movie will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square.

Roberta Grossman is one of the Film Festival’s special guests and will be receiving the Directors Award for “Who Will Write Our History.” Grossman is known for producing and directing a variety of documentary films and television shows including the 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection “​Seeing Allred​” and the Emmy-winning documentary series “​American Masters​”.

“​Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: Conductor Zubin Mehta​”, a fascinating documentary about Zubin Mehta, music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will close out the festival Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7:45 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square.

Additional event highlights include the popular Brews & Views event and San Diego Connections films. Brews & Views is an evening show of five short films held at White Labs, Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $13.25 for JCC members and $15.25 for non-members. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the door. The first 30 attendees to arrive will receive a free drink voucher.

The San Diego Connections films are “​Far from the Tree​,” based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning New York Times bestseller that features two film subjects living in San Diego, “​The Tipping Point​,” a short film directed by San Diego native Danielle Cohen, and “​It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story​,” profiling Alfred Lion, one of the founders of Blue Note Records, who moved to San Diego in 1978 and lived in North County until his death in 1987.

For showtimes and full film descriptions, visit ​www.sdijff.org​. Single ticket prices are $13.25 for JCC members and $15.25 for non-members. Opening and closing night film tickets are $18.00. Festival passes, senior, student and group rate discounts are available. To purchase tickets, visit ​www.sdcjc.org/sdijff/current​, call (858) 362-1348 or stop by the JCC Box Office, Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Follow @SDIJFF on Facebook.

WildAid’s Star-Studded Gala to Feature Famed Chef Martin Yan

July 21st, 2018 Posted by Gala/Special Events, nonprofit No Comment yet

The Emmy Award-Winning Master Chef Will Draw Inspiration From “An Evening in China” Theme

WildAid announced Martin Yan, renowned T.V. chef and food writer, will be the celebrity guest chef for its annual gala Nov. 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. 

Chef Yan will take the lead on curating a four-course vegetarian menu for the 600 guests gathering to raise money toward WildAid’s mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. Chef Yan is best known for hosting his Emmy award-winning PBS-TV cooking show “Yan Can Cook”since 1982.

Every year, WildAid hosts a star-studded gala fundraiser to celebrate progress in protecting endangered species and marine habitats. Tickets and tables for this year’s event “An Evening in China” are now available for purchase. The charitable evening will feature 16-time Grammy-award winner David Foster performing with Tony and Emmy award-winner Kristin Chenoweth as well as performances by The Cirque.

WildAid works with high profile ambassadors including Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lupita Nyong’o, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Branson, Bo Derek, Josh Duhamel, Jackie Chan, Yao Ming and more.
Past Gala Attendees include Josh Duhamel, Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Yao Ming, Fergie, Chevy Chase, Jared Leto, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Michael Cudlitz, Larry King, Hayden Panettiere and many others.

Live Long and Drink Wine

June 11th, 2018 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, Special Events No Comment yet

They say a glass of wine a day keeps doctor away. Although at Vintage Hollywood, there was probably more than just one glass… 

On June 9, Vintage Hollywood raised more than $200,000 at its annual food and wine tasting event, benefiting  The People Concern, one of LA’s largest nonprofits fighting homelessness.

The fundraiser could not have come at a better time, as LAHSA just released the homeless count report. For the first time in four years, homelessness decreased. These kinds of events and support are what help organizations like The People Concern continue the fight against homelessness.

The event featured the trendiest California wineries and restaurants. Celebrities including Nichelle Nichols, David Arquette, Christina McLarty, Teri Hatcher and more came out to celebrate The People Concern’s 15-year community partnership with the Junior League of Los Angeles.

Stanley Black and Family hosted the unique and memorable event, including more than 30 of California’s most popular wineries and restaurants. Winemakers and proprietors poured their own wines on site, allowing guests to sip on a glass with the brains behind the bottles. In addition to the delicious wine and fare, there was live entertainment and a digital silent auction.

“We are grateful the Vintage Hollywood Foundation believes in the work we do so much that they chose us as the benefactor for this incredible event,” said John Maceri, executive director of The People Concern.


Photos by Tiffany Rose

About The People Concern

One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern is working to end homelessness through its proven approach that focuses on housing first with wraparound services. The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, housing services, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, life skills, and wellness programs – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals and victims of domestic violence. Ninety-five percent of those in housing supported with wraparound retention services will never be homeless again. This innovative evidence-based model has been proven in communities throughout Los Angeles County and recognized and replicated across the country.

About Vintage Hollywood Foundation

The Vintage Hollywood foundation was formed to raise funds to support charitable organizations, both large and small, that work to promote the health and well-being of Southern California’s diverse community. Since 2002, the Vintage Hollywood event has raised more than $3,500,000 to benefit organizations including Children’s Action Network, JDRF, Save the Children, United Friends of Children, OPCC and The People Concern.

WildAid Gala Raises Record $2.9 Million

November 12th, 2017 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Actor Josh Duhamel Presented with Wildlife Champion Award Saturday, November 11 at Charity’s Annual Fundraising Gala in Los Angeles

(November 12, 2017 – Beverly Hills, Calif.)WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, held its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening With WildAid,” Saturday, November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.

With sponsors including the TOMS Animal Initiative, “An Evening With WildAid” brought out celebrities including Josh Duhamel, Bo Derek, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, John Corbett, Cassidy Freeman, Tricia Helfer, Donna D’Errico, Kristin Bauer, Thomas Gibson, Jonathan Tucker, Violett Beane, Laura Linda Bradley, Olesya Rulin, Jackie Siegal, Jeb Corliss, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Alvester Martin and many more. Grammy award winning producer David Foster provided the musical entertainment with special guest performances by Katharine McPhee, Pia Toscano, Brenna Whitaker, Nathan Granner and Rogelio Douglas, Jr.

“We had an amazing night beyond our expectations in raising funds to power forward our campaigns,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights.

Entertainment Tonight correspondent Keltie Knight presented actor Josh Duhamel with the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award.

Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid filming several public service announcements for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its detrimental effects on endangered species worldwide.

“An Evening With WildAid” featured a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with silent auction. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Tracey Des Jardins, owner of San Francisco’s famed Jardinière, and Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants.

A highlight of the gala was WildAid CEO Peter Knights’ introduction of the organization’s new programs to protect endangered species and marine habitats. Knights also shared campaigns featuring WildAid’s portfolio of celebrity ambassadors, which includes Josh Duhamel, Lupita Nyong’o, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, HRH Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maggie Q, the cast of the Walking Dead and many others.

WildAid produces impactful, compelling public service announcements that are Hollywood quality and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through pro bono media placement. WildAid’s campaigns have contributed to an 80% reduction in shark fin imports to China, a ban on ivory sales in China, and a 50% drop in the price of rhino horn in China and Vietnam.

About TOMS Animal Initiative

The TOMS Animal Initiative (TOMS) and WildAid joined forces early this year to launch a limited-edition footwear collection that supported WildAid’s conservation programs dedicated to the giant panda. Created by Heather Mycoskie, the TOMS Animal Initiative partners with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to raise awareness and support for global animal protection.

About WildAid

For photographs, video footage or to interview a WildAid expert, please contact Brendi Rawlin brendi@leeandlondon.com +1 619 549 3066.
WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as shark fin and elephant ivory by persuading consumers and providing comprehensive marine enforcement. Recent WildAid campaigns such as the #JoinTheHerd initiative have brought together millions of people to speak out about the poaching crisis affecting African elephants. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors – including Prince William and Yao Ming – and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages $289 million in annual pro bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. For more information, visit WildAid.org and follow us @WildAid.

WildAid Gala Aims to Raise More than $1.5 Million to Protect Endangered Species and Marine Habitats

July 19th, 2017 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, Social Media No Comment yet

Actor Josh Duhamel to receive 2017 Wildlife Champion Award

WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening with WildAid,” will take place November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.

Josh Duhamel is this year’s Wildlife Champion and will be honored at the gala

With sponsors including the TOMS Animal Initiative, Guthy Renker and EFJ Philanthropies, “An Evening with WildAid” will bring out Hollywood’s A-List, including film star Josh Duhamel who will be on hand to receive the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award. Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid, filming several PSAs for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its detrimental effects on endangered species worldwide.

Confirmed celebrity guests include: Josh Duhamel, Bo Derek, John Corbett, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Johnathan Tucker, Taylor Kitsch, Eva La Rue, David Foster, Russell James and many more.

Seized illegal wildlife items

The “Evening with WildAid” gala will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with silent auction and cultural performances. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Tracey Des Jardins, owner of San Francisco’s famed Jardinière, and Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants.

WildAid ambassador Yao Ming

A highlight of the Gala is WildAid CEO Peter Knights’ introduction of the organization’s new programs to protect endangered species and marine habitats, including recent work by WildAid’s portfolio of celebrity ambassadors including Josh Duhamel, Lupita Nyong’o, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, HRH Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maggie Q, the cast of The Walking Dead and many others.

WildAid produces impactful, compelling public service announcements that are Hollywood quality for a fraction of the cost, and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through extensive pro bono and earned media placement. In recent years, shark fin imports to China have gone down by 80%, ivory and rhino horn prices have plummeted by more than 50% in China and Vietnam, and China has agreed to close its ivory market by the end of 2017.

About TOMS Animal Initiative

The TOMS Animal Initiative (TOMS) and WildAid joined forces early this year to launch a limited-edition footwear collection that supported WildAid’s conservation programs dedicated to the giant panda. Created by Heather Mycoskie, the TOMS Animal Initiative partners with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to raise awareness and support for global animal protection.

About WildAid

Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. For more information, visit WildAid.org and follow us @WildAid.
WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as shark fin and elephant ivory by persuading consumers and providing comprehensive marine enforcement. Recent WildAid campaigns such as the #JoinTheHerd initiative have brought together millions of people to speak out about the poaching crisis affecting African elephants. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors – including Prince William and Yao Ming – and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages $289 million in annual pro bono media support with a simple message: When the

For photographs, video footage or to interview a WildAid expert, please contact Brendi Rawlin brendi@leeandlondon.com +1 619 549 3066.